This was our second trip to Disney World, and our first with Jesse.
It is hard to overlook the amount of disagreeable vehement
unsolicited advice we received from Lyn's family that we were
"wasting our money" by taking Jesse, at two-and-a-half, to
Florida. We went several more times while we lived in Michigan, but
certainly enjoyed this trip the most of all.
We followed the "family rules" and flew directly to and
from Orlando and used the airport shuttle and park buses for transit
(no car). We stayed at the Contemporary Resort, right on the monorail
route and adjacent to the Magic Kingdom. However, we drew the line at
buying the "meal plan", figuring we would pay as we go (and
we got flak over that decision, too).
We went in mid-December again (see our Dec 84 trip), just before
Lyn's birthday. This was the last time that we encountered no crowds,
short lines, and easy access to the park. When we returned in a year,
the park managers had created promotions and events to even out the
crowds. Although our off-season visits would always be better than
the horrible mid-summer months, this trip was perfect. It is
sickening to think of the bitterness of the accusations we received
from the people that claimed to define love and demand respect. Oh well.
Jesse was spectacular, and was immediately equipped with monogrammed
mouse ears. In his excitement, he would scamper (much like Chip and
Dale) and the ears would spin ninety degrees and face front-to-back.
We referred to them as "Attack Ears" as he attacked each
ride with vigor. Sadly, looking though the pictures, it seems we
straightened his ears for each one.
The lines were so short that we were able to ride each three and four
times. Jesse would scamper from the exit and loop right back to the
entrance for each of the Magic Kingdom rides (particularly Peter
Pan!) Eventually, we would take turns, with one riding and the other
waiting at the entrance, this way we would ride two at a time and
need only ride two or three times each for him to see it five or six
times. He giggled and laughed and squealed for the whole trip, was
amazed by the character breakfasts and the after-dark parades. It was
the magical memory that the "magic kingdom" is supposed to
provide, and it is our memory for a lifetime.